Breast Implant Scars: What to Expect

If you are considering breast augmentation or a breast lift procedure, you understandably have questions about how breast implant scars will look after surgery. Patients often wonder how noticeable their breast implant scars will be. Ultimately, the answer depends on a many factors including the type of procedure performed, the type of implant used, and some genetic factors regarding scar healing.

What are the types of procedures associated with breast implant scars?

Surgical procedures associated with breast augmentation are associated with some minimal scarring. Breast augmentation will increase or restore volume to the breast, most often through the placement of breast implants. There are many implant types available, including silicone and saline, along with a variety of shapes and profiles that bring desired results based on your specific cosmetic goals.

In some cases, the surgeon performs a breast lift during the procedure which elevates the breast to a more youthful position. Your specific breast implant scars will depend on the procedure you undergo, but in all cases, your surgeon will minimize the appearance of scars for the most beautiful, natural result.

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How Much Are Breast Implants? How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost? (2022)

The most commonly searched questions about breast augmentation surgery are: “How much are breast implants?” and “How much does a breast augmentation cost?” This is not surprising given that breast augmentation is the number one most performed cosmetic surgery procedure. Breast augmentation or breast implant surgery is also one of the top procedures performed by Scottsdale plastic surgeon Dr. Ashley Howarth. The cost of breast implant surgery is a question we receive frequently. In this blog post, we will discuss the pricing for breast implants in Scottsdale, AZ and nationally.

How Much do Breast Implants Cost in Scottsdale?

You may be curious how much breast implants cost in Scottsdale. It is rare to find a reputable surgeon who publicly posts fees for this procedure — or any surgical procedure — online and without a consultation. In fact, a published online fee may reflect only part of the picture. It is important to keep in mind that any fee you see online needs context for accuracy. More importantly, decision-making based solely on cost is not advisable.

Although most plastic surgeons will not provide their fees without consultation, there are three widely circulated fee averages that are frequently referenced online. These fee averages come from three organizations: American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and a popular cosmetic surgery website called RealSelf. Read on as we will provide context for each of these fee averages.

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Sagging Breasts: How to Fix Sagging Breasts?

Time has a way of changing our bodies, and for many women, sagging breasts are an undesirable change. A sagging or drooping breast, medically known as breast ptosis, is a common condition after pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight changes or aging.

Over time, breasts may seem to sit lower on the chest, with a down pointing nipple, and a decrease of breast volume noted at the top of the breast. While there is no significant medical concern with sagging breasts, some women experience diminished self-confidence or embarrassment about the look of their breasts. In some cases, skin chafing, or irritation can occur due to increased skin friction.

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Can you get Nipple Piercings if you have Breast Implants?

If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, it is likely that you have questions about the different options available to enhance your physique. Whether you are considering breast implants, a breast lift, or a Mommy Makeover procedure, it is a fact that no two patients are identical. Indeed, each patient brings a unique set of questions to every appointment. As a top plastic surgical practice in Scottsdale, we sometimes encounter the question “Can I get breast implants if I have a nipple piercing?”

In short answer, yes.

Nipple piercing is a type of body piercing, often at the base of the nipple, which creates a small hole through the tissue. Often jewelry is inserted through the piercing with many sizes and styles available. In fact, the practice of nipple piercing dates back hundreds of years.

Because a breast implant placement is well beneath the tissues of the nipple, there is no interference between a piercing and an implant. There are, however, factors to consider when considering breast implants after a nipple piercing.

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Breast Implant Rippling: How to Get Rid of Breast Implant Ripples

Breast implant rippling is a relatively common, yet unintended finding following breast augmentation surgery when implant edges are visible beneath the skin. Implant rippling is more noticeable when a woman’s frame is very thin, although there are additional associated co-factors that contribute to some cases.  Some women feel distressed by the look of their breasts with ripples and may seek a solution depending on the severity of their symptoms.

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Asymmetrical Breasts: Surgical Correction Options

The term “asymmetrical breasts” refers to the condition where one breast has a different size, shape, position, or volume than the other. Breast tissue, in general, is dynamic and changes through a woman’s life, most dramatically at puberty, and then again with the hormonal changes of pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause.

Similarly, breast tissue can change each month during ovulation, as breasts sometimes appear temporarily larger due to water retention and increased blood flow. A small variation between the breasts is completely normal, but when there is a significant difference, a woman may feel self-conscious or unhappy with her body.

In this article we will address some concerns women may have about their asymmetric breasts. We will also discuss available procedures that impact the aesthetics of this condition.

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What is Diastasis Recti?

Diastasis recti is a partial or complete separation of the midline abdominal muscles known as the rectus abdominis. This finding most often occurs in women during and after pregnancy. In fact, many pregnant women experience some form of this condition, as the growing uterus stretches muscles to accommodate a growing baby.

As mentioned, the stretching of abdominal muscles during pregnancy can cause diastasis recti. In addition, increased intra-abdominal pressure due to pushing during delivery can worsen the condition. All in all, it is quite common for a postpartum woman to experience diastasis recti. In mild cases, the muscular separation closes during the weeks after delivery, but in many cases, the problem is persistent and can cause physical complaints and self-confidence issues.

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What are Tubular Breasts?

Tubular breasts are a condition in which the breast tissue lacks volume in both the horizontal and vertical direction, leading to tubular or tuberous breasts. Some doctors also call this condition breast hypoplasia. In general, the breast tissue does not proliferate properly during puberty, leading to a breast deformity that impacts breast shape and at times the ability for a woman to breastfeed. Important to note, there is no health risk associated with tuberous breasts, however, some women seek to correct the condition by undergoing breast augmentation surgery.

In this article, you will learn what tubular breasts look like and how to treat the condition. Scottsdale plastic surgeon Dr. Ashley Howarth is an expert plastic surgeon known for correcting tubular breast deformity with breast augmentation surgery in Arizona.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

As I reflect today, I realize that no one could have prepared me for how motherhood would expand my heart.  Becoming a mom has been the most life-changing experience that I have ever had. The sweet moments with my nine month son are passing by much too quickly.

As a plastic surgeon, I am privileged to be able to work with so many amazing patients who are mothers. Honestly, every one of my patients is extremely special to me, but when I meet a woman who has come in for a Mommy Makeover procedure, I completely resonate with her.

Motherhood is not just impactful to the heart, but to the body as well. I understand and have experienced the changes that occur due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, and childbirth. Likewise, I recognize the potential influence of these changes on a woman’s self-esteem and confidence.

I have a finely tuned connection to these concerns and appreciate how important it is to feel comfortable throughout the entire process of discussing and undergoing this type of plastic surgery procedure.

I work to provide not only exceptional aesthetic results but to nurture a comfortable, supportive process from initial consultation, through the procedure, and subsequent aftercare. I pride myself on being attentive to detail and aware of the emotion behind these decisions. I understand.

Please remember that as a mother, when you feel your best, you tend to do your best. Many of my patients describe feeling renewed not only in body, but in mind and spirit, as they enjoy their beautiful post-procedure results.  If you have any questions about the Mommy Makeover procedure or want to find out more about cosmetic surgery, give our office a call to make an appointment for a consultation. To all the mothers out there, I wish you a peaceful and contented day.

— Dr. Ashley Howarth

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